My brother is becoming increasingly convinced that Hillary will win next fall because the media will give her a free pass.
It certainly seems like it.
So eager are they for another Clinton in the White House — and to be able to cover the “historic moment” of the election of the first woman president.
And yesterday, while doing cardio at the gym, I was watching MSNBC and watched Chris Matthew toss softballs at Howard Wolfson, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign. I haven’t done a scientific survey on this, but it seems to me we see her spokespeople on the talking heads shows more often than we see those of other candidates. (Indeed, I can’t recall seeing her doing any one-on-one interviews.)
I’m sure she’ll do her share of interviews as the actual primaries and caucuses approach, but like her husband in the ’90’s, she’ll be careful to avoid those interviewers who might ask her tough questions.* Her Republican opponents won’t have such luxury because even reporters at FoxNews have been known to ask tough questions of Republicans.
This may well help her in the short term, but in the long term, it could redound to her disadvantage, making her look like a pre-programmed automaton repeating campaign points and not vigorously defending her record. Or maybe I’m just an optimist.
*For example, a good reporter would ask her point-blank what she thinks about Sandy Berger, her husband’s National Security Advisor and his “carelessness” with sensitive documents.